Collective nouns are fun. We all love to hear about a murder of crows, a glaring of cats, etc. A few of these have made it into our everyday language (a flock of sheep, a pride of lions) while a romp of otters has never quite caught on.
The origins of these colorful turns of phrase are obscure but some were possibly the invention of (or at least collected by) Juliana Berners, a prioress in fifteenth century England. It is amusing to think of Juliana staying up nights and giggling at collectives like a melody of harpers and, significantly, a superfluity of nuns.
Well, I think it’s high time that silent film fans were granted their very own collective noun. So, I did exactly what Juliana Berners would have done: I asked Twitter.
So there you have it! “A whisper of silent film fans gathered for the screening.” Please spread the word of our wonderful new collective term.
Incidentally, if you want to know more about collective nouns, there’s a whole book on the subject. Enjoy!
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